"Was that workshop fun, thank you once again KET for all the wonderful learning opportunities" said Letitia, one of the enthusiastic educators from our affiliated preschools who recently participated in our Grade R capacity building training. The CAPS programme presented included daily planning, presentation and departmental administration procedures. Mathematics, Life Skills and Literacy actities were also included in this very informative and enjoyable session. It is great when teachers can admit: "I learned a lot".
Affiliated teachers and prinicipals who attended our final workshop of the year, gave us some valuable feedback:-
I loved the Numicon workshop. Some activities are confusing, like number lines, but I am learning.
Teachers have returned with positive feedback and have learnt a lot. The children learned a lot too.
The cook also really enjoyed the Health and Nutrition workshop. You must definitely repeat it.
Thanks for teaching us about progress reports. It has improved my report writing as I didn’t always know what to write. Learning about assessments was also very informative.
I learnt to be creative – I couldn’t draw and attending workshops have helped a lot. I feel a lot more confident.
I never knew one could do so much with recycling, for example with toilet paper rolls and egg cartons. I used to just throw them away. It is practical and I am very impressed. I have used it a lot.
"It was a dream come true." Jemima Lutywantsi and Xoliswa Mabukane speak with much enthusiasm of their vocational training experience in Switzerland. Their month long sojourn to a variety of small Swiss towns in order to gain experience from ECD educators was funded by Rotary International. Lesley Satchel, KET trustee and Rotarian, accompanied the ladies as team leader and was full of praise for their punctuality, enthusiasm and active participation. Their Swiss hosts were also enthralled with their vocal skills when they gave renditions of African praise songs and especially the Click Click Song by Miriam Makeba. Jemima detailed the beautiful settings, extensive equipment and facilities of the Swiss preschools as a definite highlight. She was surprised to see very young children being taught how to cook eggs. Most notable too was the interactive relationship between teachers who also used computers extensively to aid their preparation work. Xoliswa described how children are taught independence and responsibility with very little reliance upon the teacher who merely acts as a guide. Small gestures - such as pushing chairs back in and replacing materials used - evidenced the discipline instilled from a young age. As edu-assistants Jemima and Xoliswa look forward to implementing what they have seen and learned into the local KET preschools currently under their supervision.
"Thank you very much, Rotary!"
Jemima Lutywantsi (left) Lesley Satchel (centre) Xoliswa Mabukane (right)
These photographs, courtesy of Trustee Lesley Satchel, were taken during our Edu-assistants, Jemima Lutywantsi and Xoliswa Mabukane's Rotary Vocational Training trip to Switzerland.
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ARTICLE: INDEPENDENT EDUCATION MAGAZINE